Weston’s MP hails fairer funding victory for local schools

Weston’s MP, John Penrose, has welcomed this week’s announcement that local schools will get the fairer funding he’s been demanding for years, as the National Funding Formula is backed up with a record £14 billion extra cash.

The money means every secondary school in Weston will get at least £5,000 per pupil next year, and every primary at least £4,000 per pupil from 2021-22, rising at least in line with inflation.

There is also £700 million for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in 2020-21, on top of the recently-announced local grant for faster diagnosis of children with autistic spectrum disorders, and £400 million more for Further education and sixth form colleges.

John said: “I’ve spent years campaigning for fairer funding for our schools. For decades Weston’s teachers have been given less money to teach children with similar needs and backgrounds compared to Labour-voting inner-city areas like Bristol. That’s not right or fair, and the extra cash shows our new PM gets it. £14bn is the largest cash boost in a generation. Now we can get on with the journey to the new, fairer system straight away.  

“The extra money for Special Needs is really welcome too. Once it’s combined with the extra cash just announced by local health chiefs for faster diagnosis of pupils with autism, which is essential to unlock extra support for parents and teachers alike, it’s a very significant boost.”

Notes To Editors:

Details of the Government announcement are here

John has been fighting for fairer funding for schools since the days of Gordon Brown:

https://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/kids-take-petition-to-downing-street-1-331934

Details on the investment to bring down the SEND diagnosis backlog:

England has risen to joint eighth place in the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, up from joint tenth in 2011 and a historic low of 19th